Macarthur Rams poised to bounce back from shock loss

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Macarthur Rams will be aiming to get back on the winners’ list this Sunday when they host UNSW in round nine of the 2024 National Premier Leagues Women’s NSW competition.

The reigning premiers suffered a shock 3-1 loss at home to lowly placed Blacktown Spartans last round.

It was their first defeat of the year, but coming after two draws the previous two rounds showed the premiers were in a form slump.

This Sunday at 5pm the Rams women get the chance to turn things around when they host UNSW at Lynwood Park from 5pm.

Last week’s loss also knocked the Rams off top spot on the ladder, so they will be keen to get back up there as soon as possible.

Maybe it was complacency last weekend – the Spartans had won just once coming into the match with the Rams – or maybe it was just the loss the Rams needed to remind them every game will be tough this year.

Every team wants to beat the reigning premiers, so the Rams will need to get their mojo back, starting this Sunday.

The Spartans opened the scoring just nine minutes in when a Rams defensive clearance found its way into the path of Christa Oliva, who fired home a low volleyed strike that eluded Rams goalkeeper Kaydi Christie and bounced into the bottom left corner.

Macarthur levelled the scores at 1-1 three minutes later with a penalty taken by Bronte Trew.

However, 25 minutes into the first half the Spartans went ahead with a second goal.

The visitors were awarded a penalty 12 minutes from fulltime and made 3-1 and a stunning win at Lynwood Park.

  • The Bulls FC Academy also went down at home in round eight of the 2024 National Premier Leagues Women’s NSW competition, losing 3-0 to the Illawarra Stingrays at Northbridge Oval. The visitors scored all of their goals in the second half.

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